Thomas Gallatin / July 19, 2021

Judge Stops Biden’s DACA Expansion

Meanwhile, the administration plans to open the border even wider by ending Trump’s COVID migrant restrictions.

Joe Biden’s border crisis is surging. More than 188,000 migrants were caught illegally crossing the U.S. southern border last month, setting a 10-year record, and Customs and Border Protection agents have made more than a million arrests this fiscal year. Yet amidst all this, Americans received a bit of good news on Friday when U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was in violation of the Constitution.

In his ruling, Hanen, a George W. Bush appointee who’s been at the center of other key immigration rulings, explained, “As popular as this program might be, the proper origination point for the DACA program was, and is, Congress.” Precisely. Recall that Obama himself repeatedly recognized that he did not have the authority to create DACA, only to later issue his infamous executive order subverting Congress anyway.

Besides Obama unconstitutionally circumventing Congress to establish DACA, Hanen also faulted the Obama administration for its failure to allow for the public to weigh in before establishing the program.

Hanen’s ruling effectively hits the brakes on the Biden administration’s decision to reopen DACA to new recipients (Donald Trump had ended new applications in 2017), although the judge specifically highlighted that his decision would not have immediate impact on current DACA recipients in good standing.

Meanwhile, despite the growing flood of illegals surging across the border and an uptick in new COVID infections, the Biden administration indicated plans to end Trump’s use of Title 42, a law applied by Trump’s Centers for Disease Control to keep some migrants from entering the U.S. during a worldwide pandemic. The Washington Free Beacon reports: “As part of the preparation for that policy reversal, senior Department of Homeland Security officials warned staff that they will have to process up to 1,200 family units a day. That number of family units works out to 312,000 a year, assuming the border does not see any future surges. Following their release from custody, those migrants are in effect free to stay, said one DHS official, because many immigrants skip their immigration court hearings sometimes scheduled two years after they are initially detained.”

Yet even Biden’s de facto open-borders policy has its limits. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned anyone thinking about fleeing the Cuban communist government’s crackdown on people protesting for freedom that they’re not welcome. “The time is never right to attempt migration by sea,” Mayorkas stated. “To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking. Allow me to be clear: If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.”

Just to be clear, those individuals fleeing from genuine political oppression by a brutal communist dictatorial regime will not be welcomed, but Central American migrants simply pursuing better economic opportunity will essentially be given a free pass. Might political calculations be the actual factor here? Cuban Americans vote more solidly Republican compared to other Hispanics in the country.

Finally, regarding the oft-referenced number of 11 million illegals living in the U.S., the real number is likely double, if not triple, that, as was determined by Yale and MIT academics in a 2018 study. This further explains the Democrats’ amnesty push. It’s not 11 million more Democrat voters; rather, it’s perhaps 22 to 33 million.

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